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WATERCRESS AND SCALLOPS DIP

Scallops, unlike other shell fish is lower in calories, it is also a lean protein rich in minerals and vitamins. Fresh sea caught scallops are rich in nutrients such as B12, selenium, magnesium and potassium and eating scallops regularly to source the above mentioned nutrients is also important for cardiovascular health. Vitamin B12 helps to keep homocysteine levels low (homocysteine is also associated with osteoporosis) and selenium activates enzymes linked to cancer prevention, sperm production and thyroid hormone function.  This dip is a very nice but it is best to make it in small quantities to serve it fresh. You can also make it with virgin olive oil instead of the coconut oil I use, it will not change the taste drastically.

watercress and scallop dip recipe
Although my recipe calls for dried chili, you can omit that if you prefer your food chili free, otherwise it gives it extra bite. The lime juice is also present to help with the smell of fresh fish and to naturally preserve it to last longer. Bear in mind though that too much lime juice can drastically change the taste of your dip so be economical with it. For this recipe I will suggest half of a teaspoon of lime or lemon juice. You can also use either bottled lemon juice or lime juice or use the fresh version.

scallops sauce

Notes:
The abductor muscle from the side of my scallops are still in tact as I eat everything but they are usually taken off. You can use a different oil if coconut oil is not available to you.

healthy dip with celery

 

WATERCRESS AND SCALLOPS DIP
Recipe Type: dips, spread
Cuisine: deconstructed
Author: Yaa S. Fumanti
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Serves: 200g
This is a nice healthy herbaceous dip that you can enjoy with bread sticks, vegetable stalk or use as a spread for water biscuits etc.
Ingredients
  • 4 Scallops
  • 2 Peppers(dried)
  • 220g Watercress
  • 120g Coconut oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 6g dried organic herbs
  • 3g lime / lemon juice
  • pinch Salt
Instructions
  1. Clean and sear the scallops making sure it is cooked thoroughly
  2. Warm a frying pan and drizzle coconut oil in the pan
  3. Wash all the scallops and sear in the hot oil in the a pan for 4 minutes
  4. Wash your watercress and put them in a blender.
  5. Add dried peppers, herbs, garlic and coconut oil to the watercress in a blender.
  6. Blend all the ingredients together for 2 mins and stop.
  7. Open the blender and squeeze the fresh lime juice into the mixture.
  8. Continue with blending for a further 2 minutes or longer if required to puree everything.
  9. Pour your fresh watercress and scallop dip into ramekin dishes or similar for serving.
Serving size: 50g
Notes
The abductor muscle from the side of my scallops are still in tact as I eat everything but they are usually taken off. You can use a different oil if coconut oil is not available to you.